Sandy girls claim dual-meet title
MHC GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
Tuesday, April 30
CLACKAMAS — The Sandy girls track and field team passed its final test 79-65 over Clackamas last Tuesday to finish the dual-meet season undefeated.
The Pioneers zipped out to an early lead and never trailed, setting the tone in the 400-meter relay where anchor runner Marley Salveter took the baton two steps back of the Cavaliers. She made up that gap by the start on the grandstands and powered through the finish line to win by half-a-second in 49.24 seconds.
"I haven't had that experience yet this season, but I love the catch-up game. It's an amazing feeling when you pull in front — there's a thrill to it," Salveter said.
Meanwhile in the field, Keeley Rasmussen broke her own school record in the discus with a heave of 143-feet-10-inches — more than 40 feet ahead of her nearest competitior.
Back on the track, Souvanny Carpenter paced a Pioneers' 1-2-3 finish in the 1,500-meter race (5:22.39), and through three events Sandy found itself up 17 points in the team tally.
The Cavaliers sidelined their top distance runners after they had competed at the premier Centennial Invitational just a few days earlier. Sandy responded with sweeps in the 800-and 1,500-meter races, taking a 20-point advantage in the distance races.
Isabella Kansala won the 800 (2:27.14) and Emma Logan won a two-person duel in the 3,000 (13:47.97).
Salveter continued her dominance with wins in the 100 (12.40) and 200 (26.14), while also running the third lap on the long relay (4:24.18) at the end of the day.
"We are strongly outnumbered in most events, so it will be a battle all day," Salveter said.
The Pioneers won 11 of the 17 events, while Clackamas scored the majority of the second-and third-place points to stay close.
Sandy's throwers put in another big effort, outscoring the Cavs 19-8 across those three events. Rasmussen finished double wins by taking the shot put (41-7.5), while Kendall Martin won the javelin (108-7).
Rookie Camille Walker won the long jump at 16-6.5. She turned in the best four marks of the competition and was the only one to surpass 16 feet.
"My takeoff helped a lot today," Walker said. "I got a good bounce off the board and a good swing with my arms."
Sandy finished the dual season at 7-0, outscoring their league foes by more than a 35-point margin.
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